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New Balance

Suing Karl Lagerfeld ...

For Being Sneaky

6/3/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

New Balance Suing Karl Lagerfeld
New Balance is waging a sneaker war against one of the most iconic names in high fashion ... claiming Karl Lagerfeld ripped off its trademark sneaker for his new shoes.

According to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- New Balance claims Lagerfeld is using a block capital letter "K" on an otherwise identical shoe design.  NB claims this creates confusion.

The sneaker company points out it's been using this design since the '70s, noting even fashion blogs have seen the similarity ... one with an article titled, "Wait did Karl Lagerfeld just knock off New Balance sneakers?"

New Balance wants to stop Karl in his tracks.

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16.

buzz kill    

Dumb. There is no similarity other than they are black. The soles are different as well as the toe, even the material design is different.

110 days ago
17.

Rigby    

Both ugly

110 days ago
18.

RobN    

Not even close to identical, except in the sense that almost all sneaker type shoes are basically the same.

110 days ago
19.

RY    

The creators of the alphabet would probably sue the both of them ....if they were still alive.

110 days ago
20.

Marco Polo    

Only the size and location of the K is similar. Otherwise the shoe looks different.

110 days ago
21.

Ferndog68    

New balance has been putting It down since the start. Who the fu. Ck is k l????

110 days ago
22.

CCC    

These shoes are not identical. The only thing that resembles them both are that they are shoes. Rediculous lawsuit.

110 days ago
23.

Gordo    

hadn't heard anything about ****y karl in so long
I figured someone finally poured some salt on him
and he melted away

110 days ago
24.

sherri06    

Everybody had letters on their shoes. ...but they could've made them different font. Add some actual design to the letters. Like DC.

110 days ago
25.

ILL LIFE    

Who ****ing cares. Suck a **** new balance u have enough $$

110 days ago
26.

sfrandiver    

There are probably 40 shoes that look close to the same as that.

110 days ago
27.

Socalpimp    

Just like Hip Hop to rip off

110 days ago
28.

Johnbrnc    

Get Real new balance! Your shoes are worn by old geezers who bought them for $30 at a Pay Less. The Karl Lagerfeld K shoes sell for $360... and they are worn by those with plenty of $ concerned with high style.

110 days ago
29.

sheesh    

New balance are ugly, cheap looking shoes.

110 days ago
30.

toomuch    

Jobs wore NBs...
Guess people think that they will be considered smart/comfortable and fashionable.
Wonder how they wear/wear out tho.

110 days ago
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